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No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

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  1. OhMan

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    No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    I am annoyed about Followers only being available while soloing. Here, some quotes from Blizzard's FAQ, read the bolded/underlined sections:
    The followers act as your companions in the world, rather than as pets. While the followers are not core story characters, they enhance the story elements of the game. They give us opportunities to have a character provide background about the world flavored with his or her own personality.

    The followers won't be a massive part of game balance. They're there to make the single-player, normal difficulty experience feel more cooperative and to aid in enhancing the story.

    Each follower is a part of the main story arc and has a different story and background.

    Each follower has his or her own introductory quest where players learn a little bit about who each one is and where they come from. We don't want players to encounter them and feel obligated to do some task for them so they like you -- it's more that you’ll encounter them and they fight alongside you and you gain each other's trust. They're on the same path that you are; they're other adventurers that you encounter as you battle through Sanctuary. Followers don't divert from the main story path, they're an integral part of it.


    So basically Blizzard is saying if you play MP you are going to lose out on story. Wow, I'm hugely disappointed by this. I was keen to do my first playthrough with three other mates, but me, being a big story buff, I feel more inclined to do a SP playthrough first if I know I'm going to be missing out on several story components by not having any followers...

    Thoughts? Maybe in MP you still do the follower quests but you just don't get the followers? Any clarifications from Blizzard that I'm missing?
     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    i am happy with no followers in mp whats a bit odd is followers are only good in normal. since most mp players will be in nm/hell anyway it wont matter you cant use them mp
     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    You can still use them for a MP character when playing alone. You just can't use them while playing with another player. You also get to do their primary quest story (co op i mean), but you won't get to keep them around for commentary (which has some story in it as I understand).
     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    followers are a casual and story feature. im glad they are useless in hell because i hated them in D2
     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    No followers in multiplayer is good.
     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    You're source, please?


     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    Their introductions are part of the main storyline. It's just that in a MP game they won't offer to join you and will just head straight back to the caravan.


     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    Why do you need story in MP?In SP i listen to dialogs and read texts but in MP with people all you do is killing monsters and finding items.
     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    Yes, that seems something people are missing out... Thanks for clearing it out...


     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    Some people actually do play co-op for the story. But, as far as I am aware of, those are very often family situations.
     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    This isn't a big deal to me. I'm not playing online for story purposes. Mainly just to kill stuff and have some fun with a few friends. This is actually good news to me because one of the most annoying things was mercs in Diablo 2 multiplay. I can't recall how many time someone's merc (even my own before realizing mercs are a headache in mp) caused me headaches from herding enemies into our area at the wrong times.
     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    No followers in MP saddens me...
    In Diablo II, I didn't use my merc to help protect me. I just liked having a little buddy to take care of. Kind of like my weak side kick trying to fight, but not really doing anything.

    I hope they come to MP, and maybe if the a player joins, they can die (ie, run back to town on low health, and you have to pick them up next time you come back to town) or significantly lower their damage output.
     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    The way I understand it, you can use them when you play online so long as no other human players are in game with you. When a person joins your game, the follower takes off. When that person drops out, the follower will rejoin you.
     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    this is why i always start out playing alone. i get my fill for the lore of the game then i join a mp game and just stab things as fast as i can


     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    Remind me not to let you cut my sandwiches.
     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    thats why i got married so i wouldnt have to do that anymore :whistling:
     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    I don't think ill mind no followers in MP
    I mean having 8 characters on the screen would already become messy.

    It just means you have to work together as a team better, in D2 you could just get your merc to tank and everyone do the damage, no a player will have to tank. This is a good thing.
     
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    Re: No Followers MP - Weaker Story...

    This is done to balance multiplayer, and prevent players from soloing in a 2/3/4 player game.

    Seems like this is one of their priority.
     

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